Midxnite – “Emotionless” – fluid, hypnotic heartfelt strokes

Midxnite, whose real name is Yusuf Salim, grew up in a South Asian family. The Phoenix-based artist credits singing traditional melodies with his family as his introduction to music and says it provided him an easier transition to contemporary R&B and Hip Hop. The artist, whose previous releases, “Live and Learn” and “Look at My Whip”, have accumulated hundreds of thousands of plays on streaming platforms, recently dropped his latest single, “Emotionless”. Recorded at HKStudios in Phoenix, AZ, the song narrates an afflicting and burdensome moment in the artist’s life when he believed the binding sacrament of matrimony was in

TK Mac – “The Living Room” – a laid back, yet intensely emotional feeling!

Justin Barnett was born in Boston and raised in South Jersey. Inspired by two of the people who have given him so much support over the years, Justin used his grandmother’s middle initials (TK) and his father’s middle name (McDonald) and became TK Mac. As a DJ, he’s spun at various A-List clubs across the globe including Tao, Avenue, The Highlight Room, Marquee and Studio Paris. He’s produced songs for Zak Downtown, Cade, Bryce Vine, and other new artists in the hip-hop, R&B, and pop genres. Now he steps out into the spotlight with his single “The Living Room”. There

MAZE – “From Start To Perfection” – a grand symphony of alternative and melodic rock abrasion!

Gary, Paul, Jack, Lee and Sam make up the 5 piece band from London UK, called MAZE. The band started out as a recording project, but the response and reaction they received induced them to start gigging and they have since been offered plenty of gigs for 2020. In the meantime they have released their 4 track EP, entitled “From Start To Perfection”. The recording is a rich quilt of guitar-driven sounds and rock influences. What’s thrilling about the production is not only are the clear punchy sonics, where each instrument is captured at its most resonant – but there’s

Plastic Barricades – “One for the Road” -showcases technical and creative maturity

Plastic Barricades are one of the smartest bands in alternative indie rock right now. The band which has it very first beginnings in 2007 have produced enough worthwhile material in the ensuing years to deserve escaping the shadow of the underground culture. They’ve released outstanding music in terms of resonant songwriting and daring variability, and their formula has remained strongly characteristic and enjoyable. The band, which has been undergone various member changes through the years, is now stably based in North-West London. Plastic Barricades currently are, Dan Kert on guitars, keyboards and vocals, and Paul Love on drums. The band,

RAHM – “Something Different” – Ardent and lush sounding

The single “Something Different” by singer-songwriter RAHM, was produced by Yarden Ashkenazi and Dor Roeh, and features the female vocalist Shany Oshri. A software engineer, RAHM wrote the song for his wife, Anat Brown who also appears on the cover artwork, which was done by Victoria Manashirov (Photography) and Itzhak Holyland (Graphics). This is one of those songs that has some sort of spark, a creative stamp that when you listen to it, you can tell something wonderful just happened in your presence. Yes, it’s like an experience unto its own. RAHM has a lovely lilting voice, a light instrumental

Brendanfrielmusic knows how to hypnotize and bond the listener

Even if you usually loath introspective singer-songwriters who play acoustic guitar and sing depressing songs, Brendanfrielmusic’s music will penetrate your shield and make you relate to this songwriter from Glasgow, who will draw a great amount of empathy from unknown parts of your psyche. Brendanfrielmusic is the perfect brand of tortured soul, flaunting an elegant, yet afflicted poetic trait. His stripped-down melodramatic song-writing and guitar playing are in line with his moody narratives. He is a perfect emblem of the counter-culture hidden in the underground music scene. The guitarist and vocalist usually works in a lo-fi setting, using the bare

Kathy Ingraham – “That’s What Crazy Lovers Do” – sultry tones and piquant timbres!

Kathy Ingraham is an experienced vocalist who has sung on TV and radio commercials for organizations such as McDonald’s, Chrysler, ABC Network, Coke, Pepsi, and many more. Kathy launched her artistic career in 2014 and has since completed several solo projects and singles, working with an impressive roster of artists and composers, including Grammy-winning composer Henri Krieger, Luther Vandross, Meatloaf, Marc Cohn, Michael Bolton, Richie Havens, Michael Kamen, and several more. Her latest single “That’s What Crazy Lovers Do”, is an original jazz track that features the legendary Pete Levin on piano. Kathy Ingraham is clearly surrounded by outstanding musicians here, as witnessed in the

CYGNOTIC – “Cygns” – a multi-layered monument of decadent pleasure

Markus Lindwurm is CYGNOTIC, the electronic synthtrance-project hailing from Munich, Germany. Lindwurm started out in the days of the C64 8Bit music experience grabiing influences from legends such as Jean-Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream. CYGNOTIC’s latest 2019 album, “Cygns”, arrives almost a decade after the previous “Through The Gates Of Nocturnal Sleep” release. The music of CYGNOTIC is a balance between structure and brilliance, together with seamless instrumentation and visceral cinematic exploration. Mixing disparate elements without one sound or style holding rank over others is something many artists strive for, but they often come up short. CYGNOTIC pulls it off

Miles Grindey – “Make Up Your Mind” – peaks of quality, depth and beauty

The track “Make Up Your Mind” is not only a display of Miles Grindey’s artistic skills as a musician and songwriter but it also gives the opportunity to some of the band members, in particular Ian Michael Bruh on vocals, Wayne Viar on drums, Enrico Galetta on bass and Bill Hart on keys, to shine with a level of musicianship of incredible standards. Bruh has an exceptional presence to his vocals that’s more than big enough to compete with the rock solid band behind him, and listening to it here will totally heal your spirit. Miles smokes on the guitar,

Inches From Sin – “Lying To Us” ft. Natalie Jean proves there is still a seam of eco-conscious music being made

The multi-genre group, Inches From Sin, recently released their single called “Lying To Us”, featuring the award winning songstress Natalie Jean. The group is made up of musician, composer, and producer, Robert Brewer, who brings along his baggage of experience which includes sharing the stage with Edgar Winter, Steppenwolf, April Wine and Dan Aykroyd of Blues Brothers fame. With a degree in Opera from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, Robert has spent more than four decades in the music business. Composer and musician, Karen Holloway Brewer is a multi-instrumentalist. Starting with the flute, piano and then Bassoon, Karen now showcases

Afteralice fill their music with powerful melodies, full-on harmonies and anthemic choruses

Aiken, South Carolina band, Afteralice is made up of Steven Fennell (Producer, Arranger, Drummer, Manager) and Jason Crowden (Songwriter, Vocals, Guitars, Engineer). The two who have worked on solo project and with other bands, started recording together soon after they met as they both felt that Afteralice would be the project that would go well beyond anything they had accomplished thus far.

afteralice-rev-250It’s a miracle that in this day and age – where the modern rock landscape has been reduced to wimps, posers, infuriating radio saturation, and talentless talent show crowd hacks – Afteralice has managed to put out songs of surging, rollicking, genuine good-old rock and roll. Steven Fennell and Jason Crowden encompasses all that is sorely lacking from today’s “rock” – passion, emotion, energy, and kick-ass guitars – not to mention actual talent. Jason is a great vocalist, and he fits perfectly with the music here, which alternates between mid to up-tempo, energetic rockers like “Yo Mama”, “Love It”, “99 Gold”, “British” and “Chump” as well as slow, heartfelt ballads like “Mourning Acoustic”.

These songs showcase Afteralice’s emotional side, and prove that they can write great music at both fast and slow tempos. Most of their songs tears out of the gate – turbocharged and catchy rocker without ever letting up. Bottom line: Afteralice is a fantastic, high-spirited combination and a welcome return to the high-energy rock of yesteryear – filling their music with powerful melodies, full-on harmonies and anthemic choruses.

Afteralice brings the listener back to the roots of why we like rock music in the first place. Jason Crowden cranks out lyrics like a power saw hitting a tree – strong, clear, and tapping into all sorts of topics. The band hammers through the songs with the guitars setting a furious crossfire rage and Steven Fennell’s drums banging, knocking and punching a serpentine path down the spine right to the sling of your balls. But right up in front of all this power lays the sweet melodic twist which gives this band their catchy edge.

afteralice-rev-250bSoaring, almost power pop melodies, straddle urgent, sometimes dirty rock rhythms that drive, meander, and expand into more complex arrangements with multiple tempo changes. In short, there isn’t a lot of rock music that really gets me excited anymore. There are lots of great songs out there today, but too many of the bands seem interchangeable and as a result disposable.

They have been likened to some modern-day bands, but for me Afteralice has a classic sound and they seem to have great chemistry between them. Their music could step out of the eighties, into the nineties, and anywhere on the timeline in the new millennium and it would still sound great and relevant. Their skills harken back to the legendary classic rock bands of the past.

If you have to, close your eyes and pretend that you don’t know who’s playing – spread out across these tracks you’ll hear traces of Foreigner, Kansas, Bad Company, Mr. Mister, Whitesnake, Rainbow, and the list could go on and on. Strong melodies, solid guitar riffs, kick ass drumming, and vocals that few front men can match – Afteralice bring that all back to the here and now!

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